Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fake appointments multi crore scam busted

Police has busted a major recruitment racket involving transactions worth crores of rupees for fictitious appointment orders including computer generated forged approvals of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s office.
In this connection, so far, three persons--Tahir Farooq Sheikh a resident of Munawarabad Barbarshah, Manzoor Ahmad Sheikh son of Habibullah Sheikh a resident of Harinow Budgam and Mohammad Younis Dar son of Ghulam Mohi-u-Din a resident of Bagawanpora Barbarshah have been arrested by police and all of them are lodged at central jail Srinagar.

Sources in police said that a laptop, a desktop and two Santro cars besides around 60 fake appointment orders and their Xerox copies have been seized from the possession of the three accused.

Giving details of the case, reliable sources said that on a tip off received by police station Kralkhud Srinagar, on December 20, last year police swung into action and arrested Younis red handed while copying the fake orders at Barbarshah. The seized orders were screened by police and later forwarded to the respective departments. “The departments later confirmed that these orders are fake and have not been issued by the department heads,” sources in police told said.
Later on December 26, 2011, the police arrested Tahir and Manzoor and two Santro cars were seized from their possession at Barbarshah. Police registered an FIR number 53/2011 into the matter under offences like 420, 467, 471 and 120 B RPC.

Investigations into the matter have revealed that the three accused would dupe people in different villages of Budgam assuring government jobs to the qualified unemployed youth. “The three accused persons have duped over a hundred people including well educated unemployed youth. Manzoor would project Tahir as assistant public relations officer and Younis as Public Relation Officer (PRO) of MLA Habba Kadal Shameema Firdous and collect money ranging from three to four lakh rupees from each person. Younis has reportedly taken active part in her political campaign in 2002 elections,” source privy to police investigation said.

The three accused would purchase and dispose off different cars at Karangar. “They have purchased Santro, Wagon R, Ritz, Ford Fiesta, I 20 and Tata Safari   and later disposed off in Karangar. They would visit the villages like Khan Saheb, Krimshore, Yachigam, Harinow, Chadoora and other villages of Budgam in different cars to impress the gullible targets,” sources disclosed.
However, Shameema Firdous, MLA Habba Kadal when contacted told JK News that she does not know Tahir and Manzoor but Younis would come to her to seek help. “Younis would come here as he belonged to a poor family of my constituency. He would seek help from me but he had nothing to do with my public relations. Nazir Ahmad Bhat is my PRO. Younis has nothing to do with my political campaigning. I heard about the case and inquired about the same form police station Kralkhud,” Firdous added.
Showing fake orders issued by commissioner secretary PDD, PHE, Tourism, CAPD, chief engineer PHE, PDD, PWD, DG Northern Railways, Director General of Police, IGP Kashmir, DC and ADC Srinagar, the three accused would cheat innocent youth of rural areas of Budgam charging money from them on the pretext of providing them jobs.
The three accused would manage computer generated approvals from the chief minister’s office on the recommendations made by various MLAs for police recruitment and other jobs to dupe the youth in Budgam and Srinagar, sources added.
“They (three accused) would use state emblem on the CM’s approvals using their laptop as Tahir is a computer knowing person. And they would also take along the innocent unemployed youth to civil secretariat and other department directorates   where they would handover the fake order and get money from them,” informed sources disclosed.
Through these means, sources said, they (three accused) have collected 1.5 Crore rupees. “And even we have checked the transactions carried out by Younis which shows he had deposited 75 lakh rupees in his account number SB-15711 Air Cargo JK Bank Raj Bagh branch. The money amounting one and half crores has circulated in three accounts of these three accused. They would deposit cheques, cash and TTs.  But the money has been withdrawn using ATMS and other means,” police sources revealed.  
SHO Kralkhud, Aftab Ahmad says that the police is investigating the matter. However, he confirmed that the police has seized fictitious approvals of Chief Minister’s office from the three caused. “We have seized many fictitious orders which include fictitious approvals from the chief minister’s office,” Aftab said.
Asked if the police has found any nexus between the three accused and any senior government officers, the SHO Kralkhud said the police is investigating the matter but so far, no such links have been found.
Meanwhile, Tahir and Manzoor had applied for bail which was rejected by the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) on Monday. After hectic arguments made by the Chief Prosecuting Officer (CPO) Afaq Ahmad, the CJM Rajeev Gupta has rejected their bail plea.
The CPO Srinagar had submitted that since the police have foolproof evidence against the accused and the investigation being in the initial stage, the bail to the accused would definitely hamper the investigations.
Afaq Ahmad, also prayed that the accused have not only committed an anti social offence but have maligned the image of state government and created a dent in the credibility of the state machinery and the bail at this stage can dilute the case. Later the court rejected the bail plea of the two accused, sources in the court said.
The CPO also informed the court that so far 82 witnesses have recorded their statements before police and the more witnesses are expected to record their versions. Younis has applied for bail today.
The police have sent the seized items including laptop and computer to the Forensic Science Laboratory for chemical analysis.

Zulfikar Ahmad, SP West, when contacted told JK News, that investigations was on and he was scheduled to convene a meeting in this regard in the evening. “We have arrested few people and the police is ascertaining the facts,” he added.

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